Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 14

Whom Gods Destroy

Aired Unknown Jan 03, 1969 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • It's not clear if a planetary force field capable of withstanding a starship's weaponry is a relatively new development but is treated as fairly standard here. Such a force field would have been useful for protecting outposts in "Balance of Terror" but no mention is ever made of it before or since.

    • It's never made clear why the Elba II colony is so heavily protected. A planetary force field capable of withstanding a starship's weaponry seems like overkill, considering there are only 15 patients and none of them seem particularly valuable or dangerous except for Garth (a new arrival). Given the force field and the poisonous atmosphere, the asylum has roughly the 20th century equivalent of a mine field and walls to rival Fort Knox: no 20th century asylum has that kind of protection so why does the Elba colony require it?

    • If the Enterprise can readily synthesize new medicine to replace what Garth destroyed, why do they need to deliver it to Cory in the first place? Just send him the formula by subspace radio and Cory and his staff can make as much as they want.

    • There are several moments during the Kirk-against-Kirk fight when Shatner's double's face is visible and it clearly isn't William Shatner.

    • Instead of all of the inmates of the asylum wearing those ridiculous costumes, wouldn't it make more sense for all of them to be wearing some sort of standardized hospital clothing?

    • Although Spock was never hit over the head by Garth (at Leonard Nimoy's insistence during filming), they forgot to change the script - at the end Kirk says, "Mr. Spock, letting yourself be hit on the head..." Spock was never hit over the head.

    • Spock seems rather dimwitted at the end of this episode. He could either stun both "Kirks" or ask them questions that only the real Kirk would know from their private experiences. Instead he lets Kirk get into a fistfight with his double.

    • Garth can apparently shapeshift clothes (or he doesn't wear clothes and the "clothing" we see is shapeshifted skin). But...when Garth changes from Cory to Garth, a working phaser appears at his holster - where'd it come from? Or how'd he create it?

    • In "The Tholian Web" it's stated there has never been a mutiny in Starfleet, but this episode establish that Garth's crew mutinied against him several years previous.

  • Quotes

    • Garth: I am master of the universe, and I must claim my domain.
      Kirk: I agree there was a time when war was necessary, and you were our greatest warrior. I studied your victory at Axanar when I was a cadet. in fact, it's still required reading.
      Garth: As well it should be.
      Kirk: Very well. But my first visit to Axanar was as a new-fledged cadet on a peace mission.
      Garth: Peace mission! Politicians and weaklings!
      Kirk: They were humanitarians and statesmen, and they had a dream--a dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars, a dream that made Mr. Spock and me brothers.
      Garth: Mr. Spock, do you consider Captain Kirk and yourself brothers?
      Spock: Captain Kirk speaks somewhat figuratively and with undue emotion. However, what he says is logical and I do, in fact, agree with it.

    • Kirk: Garth, you have only a handful of men.
      Garth: You do refuse to enter into the spirit of the thing, don't you, Captain? Perhaps you'd like a larger role in the ceremony. You could serve as human sacrifice.
      Kirk: No, I wouldn't enjoy that at all.

    • Kirk: Mr. Spock, um, letting yourself be hit on the head, and I presume you let yourself be hit on the head, is not exactly a method King Solomon would have approved.

    • Marta: I'm the most beautiful woman on this planet.
      Garth: You're the only woman on this planet, you stupid cow!

    • Marta: Why can't I blow off just one of his ears?
      Garth: Stop it, Marta. Mr. Spock will think we are lacking in hospitality!

    • (reciting poetry)
      Marta: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, and summer's lease hath all too...
      Garth: You wrote that?!
      Marta: Yesterday, as a matter of fact.
      Garth:: It was written by an Earthman named Shakespeare a long time ago.
      Marta: Which doesn't alter the fact that I wrote it again yesterday! I think it's one of my best poems, don't you?
      Garth: I may kill you with my bare hands!

    • Marta: [to Spock about Kirk] He is my lover, and I must kill him!
      Spock: She seems to have worked out an infallible method for assuring permanent male fidelity. Interesting.

  • Notes

    • Some of the costumes and props seen in this episode were reused from previous episodes including Marta's dress (earlier used as Vina's dress when she appeared as an Orion slave girl in "The Cage" and subsequent "The Menagerie"), the space suits (earlier used in "The Tholian Web"), and the neural neutralizer chair (earlier used in "Dagger of the Mind").

    • Spock mentions a Romulan encounter at Tau Ceti. But this encounter does not fit any of the three Romulan episodes. Thus, this event must be something never covered in the series.

  • Allusions

    • Title: The title is taken from the ancient Greek play Phrixus by Euripedes. The original quote is "Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad."